3 Saints Players Who Have a Make-or-Break 2020 Season Ahead
By Zach Brunner
The New Orleans Saints continue to be one of the top teams in the NFC, and they have made moves this offseason to seemingly get even better. They will be viewed among the top Super Bowl contenders all season long.
While they arguably have the most talented roster in the NFC, the Saints still have players with a lot to prove. These are three Saints players that have make-or-break seasons ahead of them.
1. Marcus Williams, Free Safety
Marcus Williams is most known for the infamous missed tackle the allowed the "Minneapolis Miracle" to happen. Williams is also heading into the final season of his rookie contract, and he will need to make a case for him getting another contract. He has played well enough to be paid next offseason, but it remains to be seen if he will be worth the contract he will likely demand from the Saints. Tyrann Mathieu has set the new standard for free safety contracts, being paid $42 million over three years.
2. Tre'quan Smith, Wide Receiver
It was believed that 2019 would be a breakout season for Tre'quan Smith. This did not come to fruition, and he caught just 18 passes in 11 games. The addition of Emmanuel Sanders shows that the Saints do not believe Smith is good enough to be a number two wide receiver this season, so he needs to prove the doubters wrong and earn more targets, if he wishes to live up to his hype.
3. D.J Swearinger, Free Safety
D.J. Swearinger signed a one-year contract with the Saints, which means he will hit free agency again next year. Swearinger spent time on three different teams last season, just one season after starting 15 games for the Washington Redskins. The former second-round pick has been on a downward trend, totaling just 50 tackles and no interceptions last season. Swearinger needs to prove that last season was a fluke.
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